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Winning givers donate the most blood

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March 08, 2017

A giving group: Daniel Parnell, Andrew Erickson, Steffan Nordbye, Shannon Pool, Tracey Erickson, Dana Kells, Andrea Palmer and Catherine Pool were eight of the 24 Katamatite Cricket Club members to donate blood.

Katamatite Cricket Club has taken out the inaugural Sporting Club Blood Challenge, with members rolling up their sleeves and saving the lives of 24 Australians.

Running for the month of November, the Sporting Club Blood Challenge encouraged local clubs to band together and donate blood as a team, not only benefiting the Red Cross Blood Service but also their trophy cabinet as they eyed the opportunity to take home the silverware as the winner for 2016.

Katamatite Cricket Club’s blood drive co-ordinator Dana Kells said it was great for the club to help the community in a simple way.

‘‘We wanted to help out the community and to be able to donate so much blood and help a lot of people is what we want to stand for as a club,’’ Ms Kells said.

‘‘While it is great to win, I know personally it feels much better that we have helped save a life.’’

Valley Sport’s Nate Dedman said Katamatite Cricket Club was a worthy winner due to the passion shown by the club to give back to the community.

‘‘As an organisation, Valley Sport want to thank the Katamatite Cricket Club for their efforts in taking part of the challenge,’’ Mr Dedman said.

‘‘This is yet another great example of a local sporting club going that extra mile to support the community that supports them.

‘‘The ability for a small country town club to provide as many donations as they did is a testament to the culture that this club has, without their support and passion the program would not have been as successful as it was.’’

Mr Dedman said there would be further opportunities for the Katamatite Cricket Club to defend its crown in future, with discussions having started between Valley Sport and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service regarding the program being introduced again in the winter months.

‘‘While the Katamatite Cricket Club did a wonderful job saving 24 lives, both Valley Sport and the Red Cross believe there is still a lot of scope for clubs out there to beat that number and steal the title,’’ Mr Dedman said.

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